But today Russia, when again, are at war outside of the former Soviet Union - within Syria. War is always bad. Pertaining To us it's a really huge issue," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova informed me.
Image caption Vladimir Barabanov (right) exhibits Steve Rosenberg his album of Afghan war photos
"Most individuals here may well discover this now being an action movie," Vladimir tells me, "but if the war will come knocking from his or her door, if the coffins begin coming home, that's once the reality will hit them."
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